The leaking "coffin shower" in this 1906 Montclair 3rd floor bath was removed by the homeowners who then needed help to put the bathroom back together. It had been used by daughters who are now adults and living on their own. The toilet and sink were in awkward locations. The steeply sloping eaves were quite challenging.
On the wish list: large walk-in shower, tri-fold mirror for hair & make-up, preserve original wood trim and curve in the wall, radiant floor heat, more storage and counter space, and bring natural light into the shower.
The long narrow room (11'-9" x 5'-4") backs up to an unfinished attic with steeply sloping eaves and a chimney. First the toilet was moved toward the window to make space for a 49" wide single sink vanity. The shower required some creative space planning. The code requires a minimum of 30" x 30" of 80" ceiling height in a shower (and also above a toilet or sink). The front of the shower was brought forward toward the door to accomplish the clear height and then extended back into the eaves at a lower height. A half wall topped by glass next to the vanity plus frameless glass at the front eliminates the "coffin" feeling. A fixed tempered glass window was installed in the short wall at the back to bring in light from the attic window behind it. (See plans.) The attic space right behind the window was finished with a plywood floor and the whole space was primed white to bounce more light into the shower.
With the bathroom configuration confirmed, we turned our attention to the other important wish list item: vintage craftsman style with a quirky, fun twist. The result is a bathroom full of personality. The Craftsman style oak vanity is topped with a Jet Mist honed granite countertop. Faucet and shower fixtures are vintage style satin nickel and white porcelain.
The showstopper tile was a really fun collaboration. Using DalTile's free "create your own pattern" tool (which they don’t seem to have anymore) with porcelain 1" hex mosaics, the clients designed a main floor pattern plus a border with random hex colors bubbling out into the main floor. In the shower, the border is at the bottom of the shower walls. We worked on colors, transitions and finishing edge trim pieces and then 10 weeks later on a test layout when the tile arrived. It was worth the wait!
The clients are makers with mad skills: she is a Scenic Artist who works on film, TV, and theater productions in New York City. He is a Project Manager in Exhibitions at The American Museum of Natural History. The first problem they tackled: the recessed triple mirror medicine cabinet didn’t quite fit due to a waste stack that proved too costly to move. No problem! A little cutting and welding and it fits perfectly. The towel knobs and recessed storage cabinet are one-of-a-kind using vintage and leftover plumbing parts.
General Contractor: Robert Patton Designs